Types of hearing loss

General guidelines to help you identify the degree of hearing loss you or a loved one could be experiencing

Degrees of hearing loss differ vastly, but most cases are categorized as noticeable or moderate. Having your hearing professionally tested is the only way to determine the extent of your hearing loss, and how best to treat it.

Mild hearing loss
Soft noises are not heard. Understanding speech is difficult in a loud environment.

Moderate hearing loss
Soft and moderately loud noises are not heard. Understanding speech becomes very difficult with background noise.

Severe hearing loss
Conversations have to be conducted loudly. Group conversations require a lot of effort.

Profound hearing loss
Some very loud noises are heard. Without a hearing aid, communication is no longer possible even with intense effort.

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